September 2008 FABB News
A periodic publication of Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling
BIKE LANES ON WESTMORELAND DRIVE
VDOT recently striped bike lanes on Westmoreland Street from Chain Bridge Rd to just north of Kirby Rd, a length of 0.7 mile. Of the 4,700 miles of roads in Fairfax County, approximately 10.7 miles have bike lanes. Some FABB members rode on the new bike lanes and we saw several people riding in that short stretch, including some children with their parents. It is a classic case of "if you build it they will come." Experienced cyclists have used Westmoreland for many years. Having a marked bike lane on the road may be enough incentive for others to venture out. Motorists will also see that part of the pavement is now dedicated to cyclists.
The bike lanes need to be extended south to Kirby Road along a narrow, hilly section. This stretch will be added to the FABB prioritized list of needed improvements. If you know of other short sections of road that connect good bike routes and need improvements, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAIRFAX COUNTY BIKE MAP UPDATE
FABB has been working with Fairfax County and their contractor to correct a number of minor errors on the recently published County bike map. Some symbols needed to be modified and some routes needed to be added. The final draft should be available the first week in September. 41,000 copies of the final map will be printed. To view the current bike map visit the County bike pages at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/bike/
HERNDON TOWN COUNCIL TO DISCUSS CONFISCATION OF BICYCLES
Herndon Town Councilman Husch has proposed to "Establish a Town policy to confiscate all bicycles that are chained, tied to trees or road sign posts in the public right-of-ways." We encourage bicyclists to contact the mayor and council members and encourage them to provide adequate bike parking in the town. Many people ride their bikes to Herndon to shop, to work, to attend festivals, and for many other reasons. Herndon should be encouraging more bicycle use and not threatening to confiscate bikes. Why not email the mayor and council to ask for better bike parking and more respect for bicyclists.
FAIRFAX COUNTY BICYCLE MASTER PLAN
FABB is developing two position papers in support of a bicycle master plan for Fairfax County; one will describe the need for the plan, and the other will outline the plan contents. As these papers become more refined they will be posted on the FABB website. We plan to begin meeting with Fairfax County Board of Supervisor members to discuss the need for the plan and to pursue options for funding.
EISENHOWER CONNECTOR TO BE CLOSED IN SEPTEMBER
An important connection for bicyclists exists at a break in the sound barrier where Cleremont Dr ends, allowing cyclists and pedestrians to travel north to Eisenhower Ave and to Alexandria bike routes. Due to Beltway construction, the connection will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. September 15-20. No detour will be provided. Signs will be posted in advance.
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